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Is My Dog Too Old For Cruciate Ligament Knee Surgery (TPLO surgery)?

Is My Dog Too Old For Cruciate Ligament Knee Surgery (TPLO surgery)?

It can be a great worry to elect your dog for surgery, especially if they are older. Surgery is always risky, but perhaps on balance, this is a risk too far for your dog and their age.

Surgery is considered better for younger dogs, perhaps around the age of 7 years old is when to debate if surgery is the right option. However, please do not take 7 years old as the gold standard age. Each dog is different and each vet, so please discuss this with your vet on a case-by-case basis for their advice.

Titus, a husky, did not have TPLO surgery as he was 10 years old. It is really worth reading his story further to see how his owner chose alternative options to surgery, and Titus made a full recovery:

A dog's age alone does not determine whether they are too old for surgery. Each dog is an individual, and the decision to perform surgery should be based on a comprehensive evaluation of your dog's overall health, including factors such as organ function, mobility and recovery. This is something you can discuss with your vet, who can help you make an informed decision.

It is important to note it is not just age that plays a factor into if a dog is not right for TPLO surgery. Treatment options for cruciate ligament injuries vary depending on several factors such as the severity of the injury, the size, age and breed of your dog as well as their overall health. For some dogs, surgery is simply not an option. 

Read more about Cruciate Knee Ligament injuries here - Causes, Prevention and Treatments:

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